Jan. 5, 2008
Purdue-Connecticut Game Notes
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
No. 1/1 Connecticut at Purdue
Sunday, Jan. 6, 2008
1:30 p.m. Eastern
Mackey Arena (14,123)
West Lafayette, Ind.
Beth Mowins: play-by-play
Debbie Antonelli: analysis
WLFF (95.3 FM)
Tim Newton: play-by-play
Jane Schott: analysis
On The Web
live stats at purduesports.com
live subscription radio broadcast at sports.yahoo.com
Connecticut leads 2-1 and has won the last two games against the Boilermakers.
Purdue - Sharon Versyp (Purdue '89)
School Record: 36-13, 2nd year
Overall Record: 154-78, 8th year
Connecticut - Geno Auriemma (West Chester `81)
School Record: 633-120, 23rd year
Overall Record: same
- Purdue is 2-1 against top-ranked teams in Mackey Arena. The last time Purdue played host to the nation's No. 1 team was on Nov. 15, 1998, when the fifth-ranked Boilermakers upset No. 1 Tennessee, 78-68.
- Purdue is 2-8 all time against teams ranked No. 1, with both wins coming at home. In addition to the Tennessee win, the 11th-ranked Boilermakers defeated No. 1 Penn State, 57-54, on Feb. 11, 1994, in Mackey Arena.
- The Boilermakers last game against a top-ranked team was a 70-68 loss to top-ranked North Carolina on March 26, 2006, in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. Purdue was ranked 11th at the time.
- The Boilermakers have never defeated a top-ranked team when unranked.
- Purdue has played Connecticut once before when the Huskies held the No. 1 ranking. The 10th-ranked Boilermakers lost 73-64 on April 1, 2003, in the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight.
- Purdue returns to CBS for the first time since January 2003. The Boilermakers defeated No. 13 Notre Dame on Jan. 4, 2003, in South Bend the last time Purdue was on the network.
- Sunday's game marks the sixth nationally televised game for Purdue this season.
Scouting The Boilermakers
Purdue (6-7, 2-1) is tied for first in the Big Ten after opening conference play with a 65-48 home win against Wisconsin on Dec. 28, and most recently, secured the Barn Burner Trophy for the 10th straight year with a 55-49 victory at Indiana. The Boilermakers lost 70-63, at Minnesota on Dec. 30. The non-conference schedule was tough, with four of the Boilers six losses coming against nationally-ranked teams, including No. 4 North Carolina, No. 12 Duke, No. 14 Notre Dame and No. 19 Old Dominion. Purdue has two players averaging double-figures, juniors Lakisha Freeman, who leads the team at 13.5 points per game and Danielle Campbell with 12.1 points. Campbell is the team's leading rebounder, averaging 8.1 boards while averaging a team-high 2.8 blocks per game. Starting point guard FahKara Malone leads the team in both assists (3.8 apg) and steals (2.1 spg). Injuries to key players has been the story this season. The Boilermakers lost two returning starters, Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton (knee) and Jodi Howell (shoulder) to injuries before the season began and Malone sat out the Southeast Missouri State game and saw limited action in the Temple and Old Dominion games due to a concussion suffered against Temple on Nov. 24.
Scouting The Huskies
Top-ranked Connecticut (12-0) is coming off an 88-38 victory at Villanova on Jan. 3. It was the Big East opener for both teams. The Huskies lead the nation in scoring defense by holding opponents to an average of 40.2 points per game, and also lead in scoring margin with a 42.5 point average margin of victory. Freshman Maya Moore has scored in double-figures in all 12 games and leads Connecticut in scoring, averaging 15.7 points per game. She also leads the team in steals with 22 on the season and is second on the team in assists with 43. Sophomore Tina Charles averages 13.8 points per game and a team-high 9.1 rebounds, while senior Mel Thomas is averaging 10.7 points while hitting a team-high 27 of 65 three-pointers (41.5 percent). Head coach Geno Auriemma is 633-120 in his 23rd season at Connecticut.
This is the fourth meeting between Purdue and Connecticut and the Huskies lead the series 2-1. Connecticut has won the last two matchups, including last season's 66-55 victory on Nov. 30, 2006, in Gampel Pavilion. Prior to that the Huskies earned a 73-64 win in the 2003 NCAA East Regional Final on April 1, 2003. The Boilermakers win was an 89-87 overtime victory on Dec. 1, 1990, in the Dial Classic Tournament in Durham, N.C. This game is the first for Connecticut in Mackey Arena.
Purdue Vs. The Big East
The Boilermakers have a 32-17 record against Big East opponents, including this season's 61-48 loss to Notre Dame. Purdue has a winning record against Georgetown (1-0), Louisville (5-0), Notre Dame (14-7), Providence (2-0), Rutgers (1-0), Villanova (1-0) and West Virginia (1-0). The Boilermakers are even with DePaul (6-6) and have losing records against Cincinnati (0-1), Connecticut (1-2) and Pittsburg (0-1)
Freeman Provides Offense
Lakisha Freeman leads the Boilermakers in scoring with an average of 13.5 points per game. The 6-foot-1 forward had her first 20-point game with a team- and career-high 23 points at North Carolina. She is second on the team in field goal percentage, averaging .451 percent, including hitting 4 of 11 threes for .364 percent. Freeman is 34 of 42 from the free throw line for .810 percent. She is the second-leading rebounder with 5.9 per game and is averaging 36.8 minutes per game, the second-highest average in the Big Ten for minutes played.
Mosley Makes An Impact
Freshman Keshia Mosley got her first career start against Minnesota and made the most of the opportunity by posting career highs for points (12), rebounds (6), free throw percentage (100%), assists (2), blocked shots (2) and minutes (17). The 6-foot-1 forward is averaging 6.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and a team-high .590 percent from the field.
Campbell Having Impressive Season
Junior Danielle Campbell picked up her fourth double-double of the season and for her career with 13 points and 10 rebounds at Indiana. The 6-foot-4 center made history with a triple-double against Butler, compiling 12 points, 11 rebounds and 11 blocked shots. It is only the second triple-double in Purdue history and the first since All-American Stephanie White accomplished the feat with 20 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists on Jan. 22, 1999, against Indiana. Campbell's 11 blocked shots set a school single-game mark for blocks and is the most in a single game in NCAA Div. I this season. The Chicago native followed up her triple-double with a double-double against Duke, scoring 14 points and grabbing 13 rebounds against the Blue Devils and recorded her third double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds against Southeast Missouri State. Campbell is currently second in the Big Ten in blocked shots with an average of 2.8 per game and is 10th on the Purdue career charts with 96 total blocks. Campbell is Purdue's leading rebounder, averaging 8.1 per game and second-leading scorer at 12.1 points per game. She is also second on the team in assists with 28 on the season.
Redshirt junior Natasha Bogdanova has returned to the court after sitting out the 2006-07 season with an ACL injury. Bogdanova has started every game this season, averaging 9.0 points and 5.6 rebounds. She pulled down a season-high 10 rebounds against Wisconsin on Dec. 28. Bogdanova scored a season-high 17 points at North Carolina, hitting three three-pointers for the second time this season. The 6-foot-4 forward has hit a team-high 14 threes in 2007-08, and has a three-point field goal percentage of 40.0 percent.
France Heats Up
Kalika France was the leading scorer and leading rebounder for the Boilermakers in the loss at Minnesota, with 15 points and nine boards, both career highs at Purdue. The senior guard is averaging 7.5 points and is third on the team in rebounding with a 5.8 average.
Despite a 6-7 record, the Boilermakers are ranked between 48th and 58th in the various RPI indexes. This is due in large part to the tough schedule that Purdue has played. Collegiate Basketball News has the Boilermakers rated No. 58 with a No. 5 strength of schedule, the Jeff Sagarin/CBN poll has the Boilers No. 56 with a No. 4 strength of schedule and College RPI has Purdue at No. 48 with the sixth-toughest schedule this season.
Leading The Way
The players voted for team captains for the 2007-08 season and they are sophomore FahKara Malone, junior Lauren Mioton and senior Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton.
The Boilermakers will be without the services of senior Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton this season. Wisdom-Hylton, the 2007 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and an All-America candidate, would have been the top returning scorer and rebounder, averaging 14.8 points and 8.2 rebounds last season. She injured her knee July 7, while playing for the USA Basketball U21 World Championship Team in the FIBA U21 World Championship in Moscow. The injury occurred in the first half of the semifinal matchup against Russia. She plans to apply for a medical redshirt for the season.
Coach Versyp announced on Nov. 26 that junior Jodi Howell will redshirt this season due to an injured shoulder that required a second surgery. Howell first hurt her left shoulder in Purdue's 78-65 win against Georgia in the 2007 NCAA Tournament Dallas Regional. Howell started every game last year, except the final contest against North Carolina. She averaged 6.8 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists while shooting 46.6 percent from the field. Howell led the team in three-point field goal percentage at 40.6 percent, ranking her third in the Big Ten. Howell was second on the team in made three-pointers, connecting on 56 of 138 threes.
-The Boilermakers currently rank fifth nationally in the unofficial attendance poll conducted by Wisconsin's sports information staff. Purdue is averaging 9,056 fans in four home games this season, just behind Oklahoma's 9,058 average. Tennessee is first, Connecticut second and Iowa State ranks third as of Dec. 17, 2007.
- Purdue's biggest home crowd last season was 10,354 against Ohio State on Jan. 29. Purdue lost the game 64-55, one of only two home losses all season.
- Purdue averaged 7,585 fans per home game in 2006-07, ranking eight in the nation, an improvement of one spot from the previous year. The Boilermakers have finished in the top 10 in national attendance for 12 straight years.
On The Horizon
Purdue has only conference opponents for the remainder of the regular season. The Boilermakers will play host to Michigan (8-4) on Jan. 10 before a rematch with the Hoosiers in Mackey Arena on Jan. 14. That game will air on the Big Ten Network.
National Girls and Women in Sports Day at Purdue
The Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics has designated Jan. 20, 2008 as its National Girls and Women in Sports Day.
In association with National Girls and Women in Sports Day, Purdue Athletics will honor one female in the community with the 2008 ALL INspiration Award. A potential recipient could be a coach, teacher, mentor, friend, relative or anyone that has contributed to the development of local youth in a positive way this year. To nominate a deserving individual, complete the official nomination form and include a 300-word letter of support and return to Purdue Athletics Promotions by mail or email before Jan. 6.
Nomination letters will be evaluated based on the four areas that are the spirit of National Girls and Women in Sports Day: volunteerism, leadership, compassion and good sportsmanship. The recipient of the award will be notified prior to the Jan. 20 celebration and will be recognized during the women's basketball game vs. Northwestern at 2 p.m. ET in Mackey Arena.
The Sharon Versyp Radio Show made its season debut Nov. 27. Tim Newton, the voice of the Boilermakers, will serve as host of the hour-long program broadcast live on WLFF (95.3 FM) from Cary Knight Spot and Harrison Grill. The show is slated to run from 7:10 to 8:10 p.m., following the Matt Painter Call-In Show (6 to 7 p.m.). Versyp's show will air primarily on Mondays. The full schedule is below:
Jan. 7 at 7:10 p.m. - Cary
Jan. 15 at 7:00 p.m. - Cary
Jan. 21 at 7:10 p.m. - Cary
Jan. 28 at 7:10 p.m. - Harrison
Feb. 4 at 7:10 p.m. - Harrison
Feb. 12 at 7:00 p.m. - Harrison
Feb. 19 at 6:00 p.m. - Harrison
Feb. 25 at 7:10 p.m. - Harrison
March 3 at 7:10 p.m. - Harrison
March 10 at 7:10 p.m. - Harrison